Daniel Rapley is a conceptual artist exploring conventions of labour, creativity and authenticity situated within the context of art practice. His work distorts and abstracts the creative process into various arbitrary, performative gestures and absurd propositions. Works includes ‘Sic’, an 18 month project in which he painstakingly transcribed the entire King James Bible by hand, and ‘Pomatias Elegans’, a collection of approximately 25,000 shells collected over a 2 year period from the same site in the North Downs and exhibited in display cases. The accumulated products of these activities conflate the distinctions between art object and document, originality and appropriation.
Daniel co-founded and co-curates a quarterly journal of experimental art, photography and academic writing called Unlimited Imprint. Published through copyleft, the journal is designed to be printed on domestic printers and examines perceptions of art ownership. He is an associate member of Backlit Gallery, Nottingham.